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Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Photo taken by contributor Quenby Sheree, a 32-year-old woman from Daytona, Florida, who has struggled with chronic anxiety disorder throughout her life. She was finally properly diagnosed at the age of 15 when her illness became too difficult to manage and she dropped out of the 8th grade with plans of suicide. For about three years she only left the house for therapy sessions and was heavily medicated. Eventually she became healthy enough to get her GED and attend a small community college where she discovered a passion for photography. Since the school she was attending didn’t offer a degree in photography she transferred to one across the country that did. Now she has an A.S. in Photographic Technology from the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies where she has been invited back several times to lecture. She is the founder and curator of the photography blog, Curating the Unseen, where she helps other artists get their work seen around the world.

About this photo: “I was overwhelmed when I took this photo. Some days I feel stretched too thin just by people wanting to talk to me and then I have to answer back but I can’t. They call, text, email and it piles up till it feels suffocating. My hair dresser kept asking for photos of my new color so she could show people so I forced myself to take some. This isn’t the one I gave her. This is just how I felt.”

Find more from Quenby at her website.


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2 responses to “Suffocating”

  1. autisticaplanet Avatar

    Unique photo. I like it. I have chronic anxiety along with autism and find communication and daily living in general overwhelming at times.


  2. Robert Crisp Avatar
    Robert Crisp

    Love the photo (and the kick-ass glasses). I get you about the anxiety, though I’m lucky to have found a good med combo. Sometimes, though, it’s just painful to talk or even listen to people…and I’m a teacher. Whew.


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